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January 17 2018, 11:43 | Rex Rios
Steve Smith was ruled out of the T20 Is with a shoulder injury
Australia's hopes of salvaging a T20 series victory in an otherwise disappointing tour of India have been hosed down by a sodden outfield in Hyderabad.
Umpires will hold an inspection to decide on the start of play, with the threat of more rain looming over the final game of the limited-overs series. It was indeed a much pumped-up crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.
Though the city has been receiving rain this past week, Hyderabad Cricket Association officials said that they took every precaution to protect the field of play, adding that the inner circle and pitch has got no problem.
Warner (L) discusses the state of play. "It has been raining for 21 days in a row now".
Having won the first T20 quite comfortably against the Aussies, completing a nine-wicket win, the visitors bounced back in the second match to clinch a convincing ewight-wicket win, thanks to an all-round performance. The decision to abandon the match - after two inspections at 7.00 pm and 7.45 pm - in the three-match T20I series also meant the series ended in a one-all draw.
Cricket lovers are eagerly waiting for the big match between India and Australia today and showering wishes to Team India.
The Match has been called off! The series, thus, ends 1-1. Ashish Nehra on Thursday had announced that he would be retiring from all formats of the game after the first T20 between India and New Zealand at Feroz Shah Kotla, his home ground, on November 1.
Fast bowlers Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff showed they are potential Test replacements if injury forces selectors to find alternative pace options.